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Cozy Riverfront House with Views in Charming Medieval Town - Discounts Available

Semur-en-Auxois, France
  • House1350 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

~~~ New discounts: 10% off stays of 4-6 nights, 15% off stays of 7-13 nights, 20% off stays of 14 nights or longer! Plus an additional 10% discount if booking within 4 weeks of your arrival date ~~~

Come Experience Burgundy! Immerse yourself in the warmth and charm of this beautiful region of France. Our vacation rental is a two-bedroom, three-bathroom house/cottage in the beautiful Medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, just an hour's train ride from Paris. The house is perfect for a small family or two couples traveling together. It has been recently renovated in a French country style, has spectacular views of the town ramparts, and is located on the north bank of the river Armancon, which winds its way through Semur.

Semur-en-Auxois is simultaneously a modern, thriving community and a friendly, welcoming town steeped in history and culture. The house is located just a few minutes' walk from the center of town, yet its location is also private and tranquil.

The house has two bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. One bedroom is upstairs, with a stunning view of the ramparts, and one is downstairs at river level, with its own private entrance. The upper bedroom has wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a queen-sized bed, two seating areas, a private bathroom with shower, and a private balcony. The lower bedroom has two twin beds that can be brought together to form a king-sized bed, as well as a private bathroom with a shower. The lower bedroom opens onto the house's patio, giving it the most intimate access to the riverbanks.

Our rental house in Semur is the perfect retreat. Use it as a home base for exploration of the surrounding vineyards, countryside, and historical sights, or just curl up in the salon with a glass of wine and read a book to the sound of the birds and ducks.

We have detailed information and many, many more pictures available at our website (including a virtual tour) -- the link is provided below. Please visit us, and when you make an inquiry, mention that you found us through VRBO. Thank you!

Keywords: House, Cottage


Jerry Simmons

Member Since 2005
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Jerry Simmons

Jerry and Kathy are natives of San Diego who love to travel. Kathy loves it so much that she was a flight attendant for 33 years! In all their travels, they have never found a place with more warmth and old-world charm than the little town of Semur-en-Auxois in Burgundy. The locals have welcomed them, as they do all their guests, to Semur. Kathy and Jerry (and their son Tim and their daughter, Brooke, who manages the rental) will be thrilled to welcome you to their house.

Jerry Simmons purchased this House in 2001

Why Jerry Simmons chose Semur-en-Auxois

Kathy and Jerry's journey toward their vacation rental can be summed up in one word: serendipity. They happened to find Semur and fell in love with it immediately; they happened to come across a real estate agent who happened to have a spectacular riverfront house available, and the owners happened to be home and were willing to give them a tour. Everyone they met was so helpful and kind, and the house was so special, that Kath & Jer knew they had to make a permanent place there for themselves. Soon afterward, they also realized that Semur is such a hidden treasure that they had to share it with others.

What makes this House unique

There is something magic in the air here. Maybe it's the background soundtrack provided by the birds and the ducks; maybe it's the hourly soft chime of the cathedral or the reflection of the rampart towers in the river; maybe it's the warm, flower-fragrant spring and summer air breezing through the open balcony doors; maybe it's simply the warmth and welcoming nature of the people of Semur. There's something about this house and this place that relaxes the muscles and gently twists the corners of the mouth upward. It's easy to find yourself smiling and sighing happily even though all you've done is sit down in the unique and sunny Salon. And that's just while you're actually at the house. Semur is in the happy position of being right in the middle of Burgundy wine country: it's almost exactly equidistant from the wine-producing regions of Chablis and Beaune. As for the food, welcome to the heart of gastronomic France, where you can enjoy superb food at a tiny auberge for a few Euros, or a meal of ambrosia at a three-star Michelin restaurant. Add to that historical sites ranging from Roman ruins to chateaux, and Semur is an ideal vacation spot for almost any kind of vacation.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Main Bedroom
        1 queen, Upstairs, with en-suite and private balcony
      • River Bedroom
        1 king, 2 twin/ single, King/superking OR 2 singles. Entry at river level from patio
      • Convertible bed(s)
        1 queen, The salon/living room has a convertible sofa bed.
      • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twin beds in the lower bedroom; may be joined to form one king-sized bed., Baby Cribs (1) Travel cot/crib provided upon request only, so don't forget to let us know that you need it!, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Lower en-suite
        toilet, shower, Renovated shower room, heated towel rail
      • Main Bathroom
        toilet, tub, Main level, renovated. Classic claw-foot tub & hand sprayer.
      • Upper en-suite
        toilet, shower, Renovated shower room, heated towel rail with riverview deck

        Location Type

          • Waterfront
            Direct riverfront with gorgeous views!


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                        No extra charge! Subject to technical availability. The router is in the main bedroom; there is a small desk.
                      • Fireplace
                        New wood burning fireplace in the kitchen with heat circulating fan. If you think you'll need it, let us know and we'll start you off with a generous supply of wood.
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Don't worry about calling cards -- just pick up the phone and dial!
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Every room has an electric heater, although the most efficient way to heat most rooms in the house is the wood burning fireplace.
                      • Internet
                        Instructions to logon are in the house.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Fabric softener provided.
                      • Linens Provided
                        Sheets, towels, blankets, pillows, pillow cases -- everything you need, including bathrobes!
                      • Living Room
                        The Salon is a large space with 2 sofas plus 2 individual chairs & small round table with wrap-around windows and looks out at the rampart walls lit up each night.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Parking available in the impasse (cul-de-sac) in front of the house for 1 or 2 cars, shared with only two other homes.
                      • Telephone
                        We have a local number you can give family and friends as a contact number and a cordless phone system that also functions as an intercom across all levels of the house.
                      • Towels Provided
                        We provide towels (full-size and hand-size) for each person. However, please note that this is run as a self-catering gite, so linens and towels are not changed each day.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Detergent provided.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        No extra charge! Subject to technical availability.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            We have a drip coffee maker, a cafetiere (press coffee maker), and a moka pot.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Full set of saucepans including old-fashioned cast-iron dutch oven. Ample cutlery, dishes and glasses. All cookware is induction cooking compatible.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            Dishwasher tablets provided.
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchen table seats 4-6. The kitchen includes all major appliances as well as multiple coffeemakers (press, drip, moka), kettle, microwave, toaster and blender.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full-size fridge with large freezer.
                          • Stove
                            New 4-ring electric induction stove/hob
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Country Kitchen table with ability to seat 6. Salon table usually set for 2 in the corner by the windows overlooking the river, however can be pulled away to seat up to 4.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                    The house has an evolving library that operates on a take-one-leave-one basis.
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    English- and French-speaking channels.
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library
                                    We have a small library of tapes and DVDs; the DVD player can play DVDs from any region (Europe, North America, Australia, Asia etc.), and also has a USB port for your camera -- view a slideshow after a fun day sightseeing!


                                      • Balcony
                                        The upper en suite bedroom has a private balcony.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Paved patio with outdoor seating is right on the river outside the lower en suite bedroom.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        An upper grass garden level with view out over the house to the village beyond, as well as a lower more personal sitting area by the river.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Please just let us know to ensure it is set up for your use.


                                          • cinemas
                                          • festivals
                                          • museums
                                          • restaurants
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • horseback riding
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis
                                                      • water skiing

                                                        7 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        French  Country Cottage with Tranquil River Views

                                                        Linda D.Houston

                                                        This beautiful cottage is ideally situated on the Armacon River in the lovely medieval Village of Semur-en-Auxois. There are great walks into town where you can enjoy river views as well as the Medieval Architecture. The home is furnished with French Country Style furniture and accents. The upper floor master bedroom has a scenic balcony which overlooks the river. It feels like a retreat away from daily life. There is also a second bedroom on the ground floor which was not made up for our stay, but would make it comfortable for two couples to share the home.There is a small table and chairs right next to the river on this level. One of the best perks of this home was the fireplace in the kitchen. It was cold during our visit in November, so it was especially nice to build a fire and set up for a cozy dinner on the table next to it. The kitchen is filled with all the necessary accessories for cooking a full meal. Our thoughtful hosts left plenty of wood and a bottle of the local wine to make our stay complete.

                                                        Very impressed with this house.

                                                        Thomas A.

                                                        Loved the house and town. Enough variety in open restaurants that we only ate twice in a single restaurant. Property was clean and except for a problem with electricity tripping off was in good repair. Local management was easy to contact and were eager to make everything right. Would definitely stay again.

                                                        What a Great stay

                                                        Donna G.

                                                        We stayed in this super house for a week in mid September. It was perfect for us and the other couple traveling with us. We had spent 5 nights in Paris, then to the Normandy area and to the Loire Valley area vising the Chateau region. We then spent a week in Semur. This was the perfect place for us to relax at this great house and leisurely take our time driving to wonderful nearby towns and sites. The owners had provided us with detailed information about places to visit, eat and enjoy. We ate great meals in the charming old part of Semur as well as cooked in the well equipped house. We had happy hour on the patio by the river- such fun! We will definitely book this home again when we return to France.

                                                        Charming country home

                                                        Rosie E.Denver, CO, USA

                                                        We had the pleasure of staying here for 6 nights. From the welcome basket of fresh bread, French cheeses and a bottle of wine, and the perfect patio overlooking the river, it could not have been any better! The accommodations were perfect for two couples, and our friend. With three bathrooms, we all had our own space. The village is very charming, and a great place to explore the surrounding countryside. We would love to go back to France, and stay here again.

                                                        Really Great House!!

                                                        Leslie M.California, USA

                                                        My husband and I stayed at this lovely home in mid-April 2010 and we had a wonderful time. The house is amazing... right on the river. The neighbors were very nice and we watched them catch a few fish. The town and people of Semur are terriffic and very welcoming and there is no shortage of things to do here.

                                                        We have stayed at many homes in the past but were very impressed at the attention to detail. The house was stocked as if we were at home. Especially nice was the welcome food and wonderful bottle of Bordeaux (how did you know??) on the table when we arrived.

                                                        Both of us especially appreciated Brooke's efforts to answer all of our questions prior to booking, AND after we arrived. We had a situation with a volcano limiting flights out of Europe and Brooke contacted us to offer her home if we needed a place to stay a few days. As it turns out, we did not, but the thought and concern were very much appreciated.

                                                        All in all, an outstanding time was had at this home and we are currently planning a return trip. My husband can't stop talking about the incredible places to cycle. He's happy, I'm happy... I guess that means we had a great time!!

                                                        Leslie and Scott


                                                        What a shame we could onl...

                                                        Cathie KavanaghMudgeeraba Australia

                                                        What a shame we could only stay 3 days The house -a gem, comfortable, on the river,weeping willows, hungry ducks, cute bridge & views to the town ramparts- picture perfect. Semur en Auxois was delightful-the kind of French town we had imagined.We were a couple travelling with 2 singles but the house could comfortably accomodate 3 couples each with own bathroom. Very well equipped spotlessly clean,loads of character. A perfect choice for us.


                                                        Semur-en-Auxois, France

                                                        Fish from your backyard! Also visit the Roman Ruins at Alesia, Preserved Abbey at Fontenay, site of the filming of 'Chocolat' in Flavigny, the breathtaking convent and church in Vezelay, vineyards as close as 5 km from the house, and of course the church, shops, and museums in Semur itself!

                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                        Taxes and fees are additional

                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                        Rates are nightly, with 10% discount for stays of 4-6 nights, 15% discount for stays of 7-13 nights, and 20% discount for stays of 14 nights or more. We offer deeper discounts for longer off-season stays; contact us for details. Prices quoted are inclusive of all taxes and cleaning charges. Note: ALL RATES ARE IN EUROS.

                                                        7 Reviews
                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5
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